The active constituents of anise contribute to the balancing of hormones and to fight infection, especially upper respiratory infection.
* Anise is used to fight infection, reduce mucus buildup, it helps with digestion, flatulence and bloating, improves symptoms of coughs, colds, nausea and menopause and stimulates lactation in nursing mothers. Anise is also used in many flavoring and fragrance preparations.
* For the treatment of flatulence crushed anise seeds can be covered and steeped for ten minutes in boiling water. Crushed caraway and fennel seeds can be added for an even more effective remedy.
* Do not use anise essential oil internally at high doses or for prolonged periods as it can have a damaging effect on the brain and can be addictive.